While most people believe in God, many instinctively want to be their own deity, particularly when relating to life beyond death. They expect God to validate whatever decision they make.
WILL NEVER HAPPEN!
In the same third storey mistake, a minister said Christians have misquoted the Bible when condemning homosexuality. Look at that criticism through the principle of CONTEXT and you’ll see third storey faith at work.
Textual integrity demands admission that God destroyed the cities because they surrendered to homosexuality. 19:4-5 defined their passion. Lot’s effort to pacify their lust led only to their heated rejection of him. Some 600 years later Moses received God’s continued denunciation Leviticus 18:22. Over 300 years after that the tribe of Benjamin had so thoroughly been corrupted by the practice that God ordered war waged against them by the eleven tribes Judges 19:11-20:45.
Mark 7:20-23. Among the wickedness Jesus proscribed he included sexual immorality. Third storey at work, advocates of sodomy incorrectly claim that not particularizing homosexuality means Jesus didn’t condemn it. Are we to think that, while Jesus inspired Abraham and Moses to denounce the practice, he didn’t KNOW it was a sin—especially when the term he used includes ALL sexual immorality? Indeed, he didn’t denounce pederasty, bestiality or incest, but does anyone want to exclude them from God’s judgment?
Romans 1:18-32. No question but that the apostle’s indictment damns homosexuality and lesbianism. And...to the criticism that Paul was only an apostle, Paul was instead SPECIFICALLY an APOSTLE, entrusted with Christ’s message to the Gentiles. Any effort to diminish his role in distinguishing righteousness from wickedness is third storey nonsense.
I Corinthians 6:9-10. Paul told the Corinthians that “neither adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders...will inherit the kingdom of God.” Then, adding a number of other sins, including greed, drunkenness, slander and swindlers, he said, “and that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” verse 11.
Note carefully and pay attention to context. THAT--all those sins, including homosexuality (all the rest can’t be sins and homosexuality an acceptable sexual lifestyle), had been their condition, but by repentance and baptism they had been forgiven. Which, in the context, means that homosexuality, like all other sins, is forgivable if repented. And, in conversion, the attraction of homosexuality is broken.
You can always find someone to tell you what you want to hear. False prophets existed in Israel side-by-side with Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah and Jeremiah. And they all had followings. Not because they were honest with people and true to God, but because they said what people wanted to hear. The every heresy Paul forecast would mark the Last Days II Timothy 3:1-9.
Beware of any preacher who tells you what you want rather than what you need to hear. End Part V